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    Exclamation Need help with ATI drivers not working!!!!!

    OK, I have an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT. I found Linux drivers on ATI's website for my card. I finally got them to configure under recivery mode (thats another story). They seemed to configure fine and I even found the catalyst control center. But, there's one problem, I don't have 3D and it won't let me enable desktop effects!!! I have even checked my settings. The last person I talked to (who hasn't responded ) said it might be a problem with my xorg.conf file.

    So here it is:

    Code:
    # xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    # sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
    
    # Uncomment if you have a wacom tablet
    # InputDevice "stylus" "SendCoreEvents"
    # InputDevice "cursor" "SendCoreEvents"
    # InputDevice "eraser" "SendCoreEvents"
    Identifier "Default Layout"
    Screen 0 "aticonfig-Screen[0]" 0 0
    InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
    InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Files"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Module"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
    Driver "kbd"
    Option "CoreKeyboard"
    Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option "XkbLayout" "us"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Configured Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "CorePointer"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "stylus"
    Driver "wacom"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option "Type" "stylus"
    Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "eraser"
    Driver "wacom"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option "Type" "eraser"
    Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "cursor"
    Driver "wacom"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option "Type" "cursor"
    Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "DELL E196FP"
    Option "DPMS"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "aticonfig-Monitor[0]"
    Option "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
    Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
    Option "DPMS" "true"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "ATI Technologies Inc ATI Default Card"
    Driver "vesa"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "aticonfig-Device[0]"
    Driver "fglrx"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Device "ATI Technologies Inc ATI Default Card"
    Monitor "DELL E196FP"
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection "Display"
    Modes "1280x1024" "1280x0" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]"
    Device "aticonfig-Device[0]"
    Monitor "aticonfig-Monitor[0]"
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection "Display"
    Viewport 0 0
    Depth 24
    EndSubSection
    EndSection
    Does anyone know if I have to change anything.


    If not how do I completely remove the ATI drivers and revert back to the xorg ones so I can just use envy.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

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    Re: Need help with ATI drivers not working!!!!!

    I'm not an expert with the xorg.conf file, however, your driver is listed as 'vesa', when it should be fglrx. Vesa is the fallback driver, it doesn't support 3d. Try doing a reconfigure: sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg. Though if you're on Hardy, I think that command was replaced with X -configure.

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    Will that revert me back to the xorg drivers (didn't support 3d) or my ATI drivers (3d). And should I try changing the xorg file to say flgrx (or what ever that was, I always forget).

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    Re: Need help with ATI drivers not working!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Universal344 View Post
    Will that revert me back to the xorg drivers (didn't support 3d) or my ATI drivers (3d). And should I try changing the xorg file to say flgrx (or what ever that was, I always forget).
    I made a mistake. According to this howtwo, first change the vesa entry in xorg.conf to fglrx and then initialize it with sudo aticonfig --initial -f

    EDIT: Oh yeah, and restart the xserver afterwards: CTRL+ALT+Backspace. If it throws you to the terminal, you'll have to reconfigure the xserver with sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

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    Re: Need help with ATI drivers not working!!!!!

    I am running gibbon not hardy, does it matter???

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    Re: Need help with ATI drivers not working!!!!!

    It seems different with Gutsy. According to this howto, you just change vesa to fglrx and restart the xserver.

    If it doesn't work, then you can do:sudo aticonfig --initial and then sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv and restart the xserver again.

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    Re: Need help with ATI drivers not working!!!!!

    Just in case it messes up my graphics, do I just change it back to vesa to revert?

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    Re: Need help with ATI drivers not working!!!!!

    hmmm

    SKIP_CHECKS=yes compiz
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    Re: Need help with ATI drivers not working!!!!!

    the best way to backup before running any customizations is to just take a backup copy of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    aticonfig is just a tool that will automatically fix your xorg.conf. You should try automatix or envy for the easiest config (although sometimes this causes more headaches than it prevents). I have know people who swear by both of those, but i just did the config myself. The above posters already gave you the correct commands for aticonfig. use glxinfo|grep direct to figure out if you have direct rendering and fglrxinfo to see what video driver is loaded. Most times i have success with running the .run file, and then those two aticonfig commands. After a quick reboot all should be good. If not you can make sure the fglrx module loads by typing lsmod|grep fglrx and seeing if its there. If not you may need to modprobe it.
    Check out this link: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI
    Last edited by dark_harmonics; April 27th, 2008 at 11:36 PM. Reason: add information

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    Re: Need help with ATI drivers not working!!!!!

    I tried to change the "vesa" to "fglrx" and reboot. But, it told me I didn't have permission to save the file. How do I get permission. I tried starting gedit through the terminal with "sudo gedit" and entering my password. But, then I could only access my root folder and nothing else.

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